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Your Ohio Connection: Ed Bryden, Strongsville, OH • 1-800-810-7640

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Kurtz Bros. Gear Up for Battle With Warrior 1800 Kurtz Bros. operates a C&D landfill, a MRF and material processing operation on its 17-acre facility. To tackle this work, Kurtz Bros. recently purchased a Powerscreen Warrior 1800 from AGGCORP. The Warrior 1800 will go into service at the company’s Valley View, Ohio, production site. Tim Lee, Kurtz Bros. C&D/recycling manager, said that the Warrior 1800 will process hard fill such as bricks and concrete to produce 411, #1’s & # 2 material to supply local landscape and construction customers in northern Ohio. The company plans to use the Powerscreen Warrior 1800 as one component in a recycling operation that will also employ a Powerscreen XR400 Jaw Crusher and picking stations to remove wood scrap, plastic and metal. Afterward, the metal will be separated with the aid of a Dings electro magnet. Kurtz Bros. has owned several Powerscreens for a number of years. Although Lee said he was familiar with Powerscreen equipment, the decision was anything but automatic. The company put six screeners from other manufacturers to the test before purchasing the Powerscreen Warrior 1800. Lee said, there were several features that were unique to the Powerscreen that won him over. Important features for Tim were the apron feeder, a very aggressive variable speed 2 deck screen box see KURTZ page 7

The Powerscreen Warrior mobile screen range is designed to handle heavier materials than the Chieftain range. Warriors will screen and stockpile a variety of materials in demanding and difficult applications. The choice of screen media makes it a diverse machine which is especially at home in recycling, construction and demolition, aggregates and top soil applications.

Military Cannon Thunders End to I-70/I-75 Interchange By Linda J. Hutchinson CEG CORRESPONDENT

“Typically, a governor is called upon to honor and celebrate the ‘start’ of something for his state: the start of a new program… the start up of a new business… even the start of a sports game. So imagine my surprise when I was asked to celebrate the ‘end’ of something… the end of seven years of construction here at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 75,” said Gov. Ted Strickland at the Nov. 23 ribbon cutting ceremony in Dayton, Ohio.

In 2004, the I-70/I-75 interchange was dedicated as the Freedom Veterans Crossroads. That celebration was marked by the local veterans groups and military members from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with the firing of a military cannon. The 2009 ribbon cutting celebration began with the thunderous boom of a cannon, to signal not only the completion of the I-70/I-75 interchange, but the end of the 2009 construction season — “a season that had more than 800 active construction and maintenance projects in every region of the Buckeye State,” according to an Ohio

Department of Transportation (ODOT) press release. Interstate 75 in Dayton has seen more than its share of orange barrels, lane closures, detours and heavy equipment construction over the past years. While it will take another three to five years to complete the second and third contiguous projects on I-75, the ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of one of them. Strickland joined Miami Valley officials to mark the completion of the I-70/I-75 interchange modernization project. This sevenyear project, with its $145 million price tag,

is finally complete. Kokosing Construction is the contractor for all three projects. Strickland noted in his address that this interchange is known as the “Crossroads of America” because both interstates are among the most heavily traveled in the country. “From Ohio, you are just a day’s drive from 60 percent of America’s population and for many that journey goes through that interchange,” he said. Approximately 154,000 vehicles pass see INTERCHANGE page 6

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OCAWelcomes Guests to Annual Winter Conference Baker Corp’s Dana “Buck” Buccholzer (L) and Jeff Riddle field follow-up questions on Buck’s presentation regarding OSHA safety issues.


hio Contractors Association (OCA) held its 27th Annual Winter Conference at the Hilton Columbus at Easton in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 14 and 15. More than 60 associate member industry suppliers displayed information about their supplies, equipment and services. The event featured workshop sessions on topics ranging from the reduction of emissions from off-road diesel equipment to tax liability issues to OSHA updates to information about Virtual Reference Stations. Keynote speaker Harvey Alston presented his message “Be the Best” to an appreciative audience of industry professionals. He has a career that spanned from head football coach to assistant director of student financial aid at the university level to business management and supervisory positions. (L-R): New to the show this year, Rudd Equipment’s Attendees were able to mix business with pleasure during Phillip Rindlaub, Mike Frederick, Jason Miller, Martin the reception which featured a Casino Night. McCutcheon and Mike Meehan welcomed the opportuAn update on the Transportation Construction Market also nity to get better acquainted with Ohio contractors. was presented as well as an update on ODOT and how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds were distributed throughout the state.

GeoShack’s Dan O’Reilly (L) and Greg Koly offered information about the latest in GPS and Laser technology on the job site.

Kevin (L) and Mark Frey of Frey & Sons Auctioneers shared insights into turning iron into gold at the show.

Fresh from their Columbus, Ohio, auction Josh Kemmerer (L) and Ryan Miltenberger of Ritchie Bros. welcomed the chance to speak with local contractors.

Gibson Machinery LLC’s Michael Camp (L) and Jim Iudiciani shared information about their line of construction and material handling equipment.

Nortrax Dick Evans (L) and Jeff Short were kept busy answering questions about John Deere equipment at the show.

Gary Arthur (L) and Jon Wickline of Southeastern Equipment Company were pleased to catch up with many of their customers.

Columbus Equipment Company’s Jeff Richards (L) and Jeff Brackett felt the show was a good opportunity to see many of Ohio’s leading construction industry leaders.

(L-R): Precision Laser & Instrument’s Brad Houillion, Steve Schmitt, Chris Koesis and Denny Fay welcomed visitors to their display.

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(L-R): The Columbus Equipment Company Piketon team are Don Cain, Brian Kilgour, Bill Dixon, Bryon Carmon, John Steinhauer, Chester Gowen, Ron Bixler, Butch McCaleb and Brenda McCaleb.

New Columbus Equipment Branch Opens in Piketon Columbus Equipment Company has opened a new, full service branch in Piketon, Ohio, replacing the Jackson Branch. The Piketon Branch will allow the company to better serve customers in southern Ohio by offering parts, service, sales and rental. Butch and Brenda McCaleb have relocated from the Jackson Branch. Butch remains in the field as a salesman and PSSR. Brenda brings her 20 years of experience to the Piketon Branch Parts Department. Several new employees also have joined the Piketon Branch. Chester Gowen, who has 25 years experience with Caterpillar and Volvo equipment, will be branch manager and in the field selling equipment. Ron Bixler has joined the team as a PSSR. Technicians Brian Kilgour and Bryon Carmon have been reassigned to the Piketon service department from the Columbus Branch, and they’ll be joined by two new team members — Bill Dixon and John Steinhauer. Don Cain has joined the parts department. This team combines experience and knowledge, of Komatsu and other Columbus Equipment Company lines, with new members with expertise in other brands, creating a staff more than capable of servicing all of your equipment, regardless of make or model. The Piketon Branch is located at 3668 U.S. Route 23 South, in the building formerly occupied by Cantwell Machinery Company. For more information, call 740/289-3757.

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(L-R): Nortrax’s Mike Ornas and Evan Stephens help out John Udovic of Independence Excavating at the parts counter.

(L-R): Fred Esposito, Nick Cinquepalmi and Brian Carlisle from the city of North Royalton stopped in to join in the festivities.

(L-R seated): JR Mowrer, Kent Hamilton and Donnie Hamrick of Wayne Township enjoy some lunch and catch up with Nortrax’s Tom Ruppelli (standing).

Nortrax Celebrates the Holidays With Open Houses in Ohio


ortrax recently held holiday open houses at several of its locations in northern Ohio. According to General Manger Mark Hash, the events are the company’s way to thank local customers and introduce them to new equipment and service programs in a relaxed and fun setting. Along with a good look at Nortrax’s lineup of equipment, attendees were treated to food, refreshments and door prizes. While John Deere equipment was prominent, NPK Construction Equipment Executive Vice President Chuck Stevens stopped by the Brunswick, Ohio, location to greet customers and share some information about its line of (L-R): Nortrax Customer Support Advisor Bob Stephens catches up hydraulic hammers and breakers. with Sitetech’s Jason Friscone and Frank Jaram.

(L-R): Tim Kowal of EverSharp Landscaping and his daughter Kayla are hoping to find a John Deere 750 J dozer like this one under the Christmas tree. They are joined by NPK Executive Vice President Chuck Stevens and Nortrax General Manager Mark Hash.

Tom Carlisle (L) and Eric Coyne of T&R Excavating stop to admire some equipment before heading in to the open house festivities.

Nortrax Service Manager Greg Lycczek (L) catches up with Gene Quinn of Dominion East Gas.

Nortrax Sales Representative Dane Moore (C) helps Dan Wheller Sr. (R) and Dan Junior of Strongsville Excavating at the lunch line.

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ODOTCelebrates With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Dayton INTERCHANGE from page 1

through it daily. The project has transformed the interchange into one of the most modern, efficient and safest interstate crossroads in the country, according to ODOT. Those traveling through the Dayton area, and local residents, have long viewed the three major projects under construction as one. “The Stanley Avenue project is a separate project from the I-75 Phase 1A project. However, we combined the two projects for our monthly updates,” said Denise Heitkamp, public information officer at ODOT district 7. “The motoring public views it as one project since the two connect. There are barrels from Stanley all the way to downtown Dayton.” The 1950’s style cloverleaf interchange at the I-70/I-75 juncture was replaced with newly designed ramps which improve safety and traffic flow, eliminates weaving and lane changing, and will meet future traffic demands, according to ODOT. Strickland said, “this new interchange now gives the Dayton region and Ohio a strategic advantage in the logistics and distribution market.” Strickland had stated earlier that he believes the Dayton region will become a center for logistics and distribution at the Dayton International Airport. The confluence of these two interstates “represents strategic logistics and distribution route for Ohio and the nation,” according to ODOT. “When you combine ODOT’s state and federal funds with the stimulus dollars Ohio received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we are in the midst of the greatest investment in Ohio’s transportation system by more than a third,” said ODOT District 7 Director Jolene M. Molitoris. According to Molitoris, in 2000 a group of about 44 people attended a meeting “in which several themes were presented for the I-70/I-75 interchange.” Participants included artists, members of the Miami Valley Regional Planning

Gov. Ted Strickland (5th from R) and ODOT District 7 Director Jolene M. Molitoris join artists, members of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, the Ohio Arts Council, local developers, property owners around the interchange, the Dayton Aviation Heritage Commission, consultant CH2M Hill and other local public officials at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Commission (MVRPC), the Ohio Arts Council, local developers, property owners around the interchange, the Dayton Aviation Heritage Commission, consultant CH2M Hill and other local public officials. This diverse committee chose “Where Great Ideas Take Flight,” with aviation as the primary theme. Consultants designed images that are uniquely Dayton, including the prominent placement on the noise barriers of the Wright “B” Flyer image, the Lunar Moon Module, and military fighter jets flying in formation—signifying that Dayton is the birthplace of aviation, according to Molitoris. “In 2004, this interchange was federally dedicated as the Freedom Veterans Crossroads… to honor all the military members — past and present — who have fought and given their lives to keep the United States the ‘land of the free’,” said Strickland. “I want to thank the team from WrightPatterson Air Force Base for being here today and for their continued investment in our state and in our citizens.”

Work continues on the other two phases of the 10 to 12year plan to modernize I-75. The other two projects designed to improve “Malfunction Junction” in downtown Dayton are Phase 1A and the Stanley Avenue project. Work began on Phase 1A in October 2007 and is slated for completion in October 2011. ODOT has estimated construction costs to be $122 million, with an expected overall cost of $157 million. Improvements to the Stanley Avenue interchange are estimated to cost $17 million and include the replacement of the deteriorated bridge over the Great Miami River. “When this interchange is coupled with the CSX rail line and the old UPS air-freight facility at the airport, we have all of the makings for a successful multi-modal logistics and distribution center,” said Strickland. “Something notable to mention is that construction, including relocating ramps and the interstate itself, was all accomplished with maintaining two lanes of traffic most of the time,” said Molitoris. “Single lane closures occurred only late at night, when traffic volumes were down. Only one ramp was closed for a small amount of time during the project.” When all three projects are complete, they will have included the construction of 16 new bridges and a new railroad overpass, the widening of four local roads, and the rebuilding of eight ramps. Circle ramps and left-side entrances have been or will be removed and replaced with right-hand entrances and exits. Ramps have been permanently removed at Neva Drive and Leo/Hillrose Street to allow for better traffic flow in the future, as well as to meet future traffic needs. ODOT believes the increased spacing between ramps and the new consolidated local access will relate to better traffic flow, less congestion and fewer crashes. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at CEG

Gibson Machinery Welcomes 100 Years of Experience to Staff Gibson Machinery recently welcomed more than 100 years of experience to its product support and sales staff. Gibson Machinery added Rob Rivera, Jon Oney and Tim Wagner on product support. The company also promoted Dave Gardner and Josh Lawrence to equipment sales and Bryan Cox to field service manager. “We are extremely excited about these additions to our team,” said Lee Gibson, president of Gibson Machinery. “This continues to be a critical area of our ongoing pursuit to provide the best in the way of after sales support and comprehensive sales coverage, particularly as this industry rebounds in 2010.” Rivera comes to Gibson Machinery having been with the Stein organization for more than 15 years. He has experience with equipment service and maintenance and will cover northeast Ohio. Oney will cover the broad expanses of central and southern Ohio.

Wagner most recently worked with Columbus Equipment. He brings with him more than 25 years of construction equipment experience and covers western Pennsylvania. Gardner spent the past 25 years with the Bobcat dealer, Leppo. He has a history of relationships with numerous customers in northeast Ohio. Lawrence will cover western Pennsylvania. He comes to Gibson Rob Rivera Machinery with wholesale experience in the industrial field and knows the Sennebogen line. Cox recently held positions with Columbus Equipment. He has more than 20 years experience with construction equipment and service related opportunities. Cox will be working from the Oakwood Village location in conjunction with the inside service manger. For more information, visit www.gibsonDave Gardner

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Kurtz Bros. Nears 60 Years of Service in Recycling Industry KURTZ from page 1

and the radio controlled grizzly. We fed the machine everything in our yard. It out produced all other machines and gave cleaner midsize products which in recycling make them easier to sell. We also have a great working relationship with AGGCORP. They provide a great service to our company. They provide the vast majority of our machines with parts and service and assist us in keeping them running at their optimum. 59 Years and Counting Celebrating its 60th anniversary next year, Kurtz Bros. has been at the recycling business long before the green movement made it fashionable. One of the founding families in Independence, Ohio, Mel Kurtz Sr. and his father found that the rich soil from the bottomland that they owned along the Cuyahoga River was a valuable resource for area landscape and construction companies. With an operation that they started out of their home, the company harvested the soil for resale for years until the Federal Government purchased the property to develop the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. With their material source no longer readily available, the company decided to produce its own — which was the start of their recycling operations. “The majority of the soil in the area is extremely high in clay content and low in organic material,” Greg Malone, Kurtz Bros. director of business processes and logistics, said. “To produce a usable topsoil material, they needed to find a steady supply of both the organic material and sand. Mr. Kurtz felt that if they could use the sand from Ford Motor Companies foundry, both Ford and Kurtz Bros. would benefit. Until Mr. Kurtz approached them with the idea, Ford had been paying to have the sand hauled to a landfill for disposal. With the help of Ohio State, the Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA, the sand was tested in deemed to be good for use in their soil blend.” For the organic materials, Kurtz Bros. entered into a contract with Akron’s Municipal Waste Water Treatment plant to receive material to be composted along with wood waste. Because composting generates a great amount of heat, the organic product is sterilized in the process. Finding value in previously discarded materials, the company grew and transitioned into a large scale recycling operation that included a C&D landfill for source materials to feed their recycled material production. Among the materials they recycle are

(L-R) are Kurtz Bros.’s Tim Lee, AGGCORP’S Rob Armbruster and Kurtz Bros.’s Greg Malone.

bricks and concrete turned into building materials, ground cover and fill. Wood waste converted into colorized mulch. They also recover plastic and metals from the materials they receive for sale to secondary processors of those products. Where they once recycled from 40 to 50 percent of their C&D operation, they can now recycle up to 95 percent depending on the job. Their primary customers are still landscape and construction companies and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The company continually seeks better ways to recycle as well as additional products to recover and or produce and invests a good deal of their resources in research and development. A growing element of the environmental industry is storm water management — Kurtz Bros. has become involved with developing Bio-Retention Soil Media that maintains properties required to filter the storm water at a certain rate. They also are currently looking at recycling carpet and drywall as well. Kurtz Bros. is LEED Certified — a green movement building point based rating system that provides third party validation and verification of a given project’s environmental benefits. From a single operation based out of their home, Kurtz Bros. now operates four pro-

duction sites and three distribution centers in the Cleveland, Ohio, area as well as a sister company in the Columbus, Ohio area that operates three production sites and four distribution centers. Kurtz Bros. continues to keep an eye on other areas for growth. Other operations that would provide a good fit may be recycling soil from dredging the rivers that feed into Lake Erie and expanded methane gas recovery from their anaerobic composting operations. Kurtz Bros. remains a family owned business and, of the founders’ nine children, five are a part of the company and one is in a related business. Mel Kurtz Sr. remained active in the dayto-day operations until shortly before his death. For more information on Kurtz Bros., visit For more information on AGGCORP, visit For more information on Terex Powerscreen, visit (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at CEG

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